Lifelong Learning at Union - Fall 2014
Ministry, Leadership and Power
Instructor: Cari Jackson
Friday 9/12 from 1pm-5pm and Saturday 9/13 from 9am -5pm
This course explores the ethical, social, and spiritual implications of power dynamics within congregational ministry. The course presents various sociological theories of power to examine how power is commonly practiced in Christian churches across gender, race and class, as shaped by theological understandings of the role of called/ordained ministers. Using case studies of power dynamics in various contexts, the course highlights common power tensions in churches and offers practical leadership strategies to foster progressive, collaborative ministry that effectively engages all ministers in both pulpits and pews.
Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson is the founding director of Center of Spiritual Light, which supports individuals and organizations in re-envisioning and reinventing, by integrating love and power. As a scholar of social ethics and theology, she examines how the intersections of religion, economics, and politics influence how individuals and groups understand themselves and how they relate with others. An ordained United Church of Christ minister (UCC), Dr. Cari has served as pastor of congregations in three different Christian denominations. She holds a PhD in Christian Social Ethics, MDiv, JD, and BA in Psychology and Sociology. Register Now!>>
The 90 Second Sermon Workshop: Visual, Shareable Inspiration for Social Media
Instructors: Rich Hong and Kellie Anderson-Picallo
Friday 10/31 from 1pm-5pm and Saturday 11/1 from 9am-5pm
In an age of ‘Nones’ and ‘Spiritual but not Religious’, what’s a media-savvy pastor to do? This workshop will teach you how to create a compelling digital deliverable - and why you need to be able to preach in ninety seconds, how to build it and social media strategies to push it out. Connect your voice with your community, the unchurched and those who just couldn’t get there on Sunday. All participants will leave workshop with at least one of their own 90 Second Sermon digital deliverables. Please plan to arrive with one big idea and one Scripture text.
The Rev. Richard Hong is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Rich received the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and did his undergraduate work at Princeton University, receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Rich serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Bergen County and sits on the Alumni Council of Union Theological Seminary. The Rev. Kellie Anderson-Picallo is Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church. Kellie is a media professional who consults and produces projects with Odyssey Networks, Covenant Network and Auburn Media. She joined FPC after several years at Auburn Theological Seminary, where she was the Director of Auburn Media and coordinator of the Auburn Media Training program. A native of Miami, FL, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in NYC, the University of Florida, and a lifelong Presbyterian, Kellie now lives in NYC with her husband and their two children. Register Now!>>
A Survey of the Same Gender Loving/LGBT Community of NYC: Know Your People and Grow Your Ministry/Outreach
Instructors: Michael Elam, Dr. Wilhelmina Perry, Rev. Dr. Lisa Robinson, F. Romall Smalls, LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
Friday 11/14, 1pm-5pm and Saturday 11/15, 9am – 5pm
Whether you are very familiar with the Same Gender Loving/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (SGL/LGBT) community or if this is your first time ever reading the acronym “SGL,” this course will provide you with information that will help you become a more effective and informed faith leader and community advocate. For many SGL/LGBT people going to church and feeling safe and welcomed is not an easy or simple thing. Despite advances such as marriage equality and cultural awareness, discrimination, bullying, religious persecution and violence still remain common life occurrences for many SGL/LGBT people of color in New York City.
Through multimedia presentations that include video clips from documentaries, media projects along with articles and case studies about transgendered citizens, homeless SGL youth and members of the Ballroom community, this course seeks to help you develop a better understanding of the socioeconomic and socio-religious landscape of the SGL/LGBT community in New York City.
Michael Elam is a graduate Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Master of Divinity. Has worked as a Teaching Associate for the Moriah Institute and has lectured at Howard University School of Divinity, Drew University, New York Theological Seminary and The Samuel DeWitt School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Michael is currently pursuing Doctoral programs with a discipline in Human Sexuality and Theology. Michael developed a lecture series on “The Genesis of Sodom and Gomorrah” and has presented this lecture at many venues. Michael is Vice President of LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, an interfaith advocacy group.
Dr Wilhelmina Perry is currently the Administrative Coordinator for LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent. She is also a co-founder of this organization. Dr. Perry has worked for LGBT rights for the last 14 years. Her experiences have included work with LGBT homeless youth, marriage equality and faith and sexual orientation. Prior to this work, she was employed as a Social Work faculty at California State University, San Diego and State University of New York, Stony Brook, L.I. She also has extensive experiences in developing community based organizations in low income community throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Rev. Dr. Lisa Robinson, along with another preacher, planted a new ministry in the heart of Bedford Stuyvesant called Safe Haven Ministries, Inc. in August, 1995. She served on the Ordination and Standing Committee of the Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ, as well as, on the Board of Directors of the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association. She served as an Adjunct Professor at New York Theological Seminary, and had the privilege to Pastor the Church of the Evangel in Brooklyn, NY. Rev. Dr. Lisa Robinson received her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle, her M. Div. degree from New York Theological Seminary, and her D.Min. from United Theological Seminary. Dr. Robinson is married to Sherrell and they have three daughters, Dominique, Diamond and Jasmin.
Min. F. Romall Smalls is a liberation theologian who has appeared on TV, radio and lectured and preached across the nation. He is the Associate Minister for Social Justice at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY. He is also an Affiliate Chaplain at New York working with the Student Christian Movement of New York City. He also served as a Protest Chaplain in Lower Manhattan during the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Min. Smalls earned his M.Div. from Union Theological in 2013 while he also did graduate study in International Human Rights Law at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. His M.Div. thesis project, Living Water: Reflections of Faith, a multi-media essay featuring the life and faith journeys of five Same Gender Loving (SGL) elders, was awarded the Malcolm Boyd Veritas Award. He is a board member of The Gate Keepers Collective, a member of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries’ Fellowship Global.
Fundraising and Non-profit Management – Part I
Instructors: Doug Wingo and Mieke Vandersall
Friday 12/5 from 1pm-5pm and Saturday 12/6 from 9am – 5pm
The fall section of this class will explore basic fundraising strategies, the non-profit sector, the creation of a board of directors, IRS requirements, organizational structures, non-profit management, budgeting and organizational growth and development issues. We will do so through theological reflection, case studies and dream projects. Students will be encouraged to bring their ideas and passions for out-of-the-box ministry and together we will explore next steps.
Doug Wingo, Principal of Wingo, Inc. Fundraising and Design Studio. He brings over 30 years of experience in raising money for a wide variety of organizations and an understanding of fundraising as a form of advocacy, a tool for creating community and social and cultural change. During the early years of the AIDS epidemic he served as Development Director for Rhode Island Project AIDS and the People With AIDS Coalition. His last staff position was at the American Foundation for AIDS Research, where he focused exclusively on major gifts development around the country. In 1996, Doug founded Wingo, Inc., where he has worked with and advised over 60 local, national and international non-profit organizations. He is a coach and mentor to board and staff members and regularly leads trainings and workshops on fundraising. The fundraising studio grows out of his experience as a painter and a writer, with BA in Fine Art from the College of William and Mary and a Master in Theology Studies from the Harvard Divinity School.
Mieke Vandersall is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) with over 15 years of extensive experience in the progressive religious non-profit world, where she has worked as an executive director, fundraiser, community organizer, pastor, church planter and preacher. Mieke knows the particular exhilaration and stress of working for long-term structural change and of beginning and sustaining programs, and she brings this knowledge to coaching, training and cheerleading her clients. Until December 2014, Mieke continues as the Executive Director of Presbyterian Welcome, a non-profit that works to bridge the traditional divide between spiritual, gender and sexual identities. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary and The College of Wooster, at Wingo, Inc. she primarily serves religious nonprofits and congregations.
And don’t forget…
Got Sermon? Advent/Christmas Lectionary Study Series
Thursdays: 10/30, 11/6, 13, 20, and 12/4, 8-9:30am - More information forthcoming.